Michigan recruiting mailbag: What offensive linemen are coming in 2018?
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Q: I’m interested in hearing about what 2018 offensive linemen could be joining Michigan. Especially the giant 3-star tackle out of IMG Academy. — via Twitter @BYonkoski
A: There are three offensive linemen already committed to the Class of 2018: Ryan Hayes of Traverse City and Jalen Mayfield of Grand Rapids are 4-star tackles, while 4-star Emil Ekiyor of Indianapolis is projected to play guard at the college level. He’s starting at center this season for Cathedral High School and has played all three positions as a four-year starter. Hayes and Mayfield fit the mold of athletic big guys that the Wolverines have been recruiting at the position. Hayes is playing tight end for Traverse City West and could get a look at that position when he arrives in Ann Arbor.
The “giant” to whom you refer is 6-foot-9, 390-pound Daniel Faalele. Michigan currently isn’t listed as being high on his list by 247Sports, but a lot can change. Tennessee is the viewed as the front-runner for the Australian who hadn’t played a down of competitive football before this season. He still earned a spot at The Opening at Nike headquarters this summer and to the Under Armour All-American Game.
Q: Any word on if Michigan is in contention and can flip Josh Jobe from Miami? — via Twitter @Pug_life_4_blue
A: Jobe fits what the Wolverines are looking for in their corners; he’s tall (6-1) and has good physical strength at 180 pounds. Jobe is committed to his hometown Miami Hurricanes, but Michigan and Alabama are still pursuing him. U-M already has four defensive backs, including three cornerbacks, committed for next season. The question isn’t if U-M would take Jobe, it’s whether Jobe would want to flip his commitment in an already crowded class.
Q: Besides the Green brothers, what help can Michigan expect in the secondary from the 2018 class? Any star power headed this way? — via Twitter @BYonkoski
A: Along the lines of what I mentioned above regarding Jobe, Michigan may be looking more at safeties than cornerbacks at this point. The Wolverines could realistically return their entire secondary next season (Brandon Watson and Drake Harris each have redshirt seasons available) and that, too, will play into the minds of a recruit considering Michigan. The enticing thing about Michigan is the manner of defense it runs. The aggressive tactics of coordinator Don Brown is appealing to players. You mentioned the Green brothers — Ge’mon and German. Here’s a feature about them I published this month.
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